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Easter egg hunts, events set

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 07:36 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Would ya, could ya by the falls, by a cabin, a cave or malls?

Of course you would and you can this weekend.

Here's a look at more than a few fun ways to find those colorful Easter eggs this weekend with a side dish, of course, of adventure and family fun.

History and eggs

You can get a sweet dish of local history with your hunt come 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, as the Madie Carroll House, located at 234 Guyan St., in the historic neighborhood of Guyandotte, hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt.

There will be prizes for most eggs found per age group at the event sponsored in part by the city of Huntington.

While there, take a tour of the Madie Carroll House, which is Cabell County's oldest surviving structure and that once served as the county's first Catholic church, as well as a tavern and inn. And, of course, survived the burning of the town during the Civil War.

Tours of the house, which was first floated down the Ohio River to its current home in 1810, run noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, call Karen Nance at 304-736-1655.

Caves and eggs

Tired of the all the white stuff still flying around in the air? You can head underground for some Easter weekend fun by heading west over to Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Ky.

The park hosts its Easter Weekend Getaway, March 30-31, with a whole slew of indoors and outdoors fun with Easter egg coloring, canoeing, a wildflower walk and more.

The annual Easter buffet will be served Sunday, and an egg hunt sponsored by the Carter Caves Homemakers - with more than 1,000 eggs for children 12 and under - will take place. The hunt starts at 2 p.m. at the Welcome Center.

Also, the park begins its expanded cave tour schedule with four daily weekend tours of Cascade and five daily weekend tours of X-Cave as well. Call 1-800-325-0059 for more info.

Bikes and eggs

You know a globe-trotting bunny named Peter Cottontail would be right at home amongst the Harley Softails. Hop over to Charlie's Harley-Davidson, 408 4th St., Huntington, where you can rumble into Easter weekend with some family fun including an Egg Hunt event that runs noon to 3 p.m. with festivities including an egg hunt and pics with the Easter Bunny.

Go online at www.charlieshd.com for more info.

Boats and eggs

If the kids are on Spring Break this next week, a fun road trip would be to roll down the Ohio River to Cincinnati where BB Riverboats at Newport, Ky., is hosting their almost famous Easter cruise on Sunday, March 31.

They've got a brunch cruise from 1 to 3 p.m. as well as a dinner cruise from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy scenic views of the river, riding with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a buffet meal of ham, chicken and all the fixings.

Brunch or dinner is $40 and $20 for kids. Call 859-261-8500 for reservations.

Fair and eggs

One of the largest egg hunts in the region is the 30,000 Easter egg hunt held over at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds.

The 10th annual community egg hunt starts at 12:30 p.m., but you'll want to get there as they'll be live music, face painting, balloons, and characters from Star Wars, Dora the Explorer and Elmo as well as the Easter Bunny starting at 11 a.m. Call Debbie Reynolds at 304-417-2332.

Boots and eggs

Scoot those boots down to the Cabell County Courthouse lawn at 10 a.m. Saturday, as the country station, The Dawg, 93.7-FM, is going to be rocking with more than 10,000 eggs scattered across the courthouse lawn during the Dawg's 4th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza.

Most will have candy and some will have prizes but all eggs will feature something, for the kids. American Party Rentals will provide free inflatables for kids starting at 9 a.m. and there will be a live broadcast leading up to the start of the event.

Dragon and eggs

Milton's April Dawn Park is home to the dragon-themed sprayground but that's not what will draw the young 'uns on Saturday.

At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the Milton Community egg hunt festivities begin with face painting, live music by New Heights, goody bags for the first 150 kids and free popcorn.

Organized by area churches, the hunt begins at 3 p.m. There are three age groups for the egg hunting: small to age 3, ages 4-6, and ages 7-10.

Falls and eggs

A great spring road trip always is to see our region's amazing waterfalls that are bursting at the seams this time of year.

Luckily there's Easter egg hunts to boot at three of our best regional falls.

Over in Canaan Valley, Blackwater Falls State Park, in Davis, W.Va., is hosting an old-fashioned egg hunt for children ages up to 7th grade at Harold Walters Nature Center. This event takes place rain, snow or sunshine. Activities begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the park at 304-259-5216.

Three hours southwest of Huntington, the Niagara of the South, Cumberland Falls, will be the site of an egg hunt and buffet at the state resort park in Corbin, Ky.

The annual Easter buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March, 31. An Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Whitley County Tourism Board with more than 1,000 eggs for children 10 and under will be at 2 p.m. behind the pool at the picnic shelter. Prizes will be given away after the egg hunt. Call 1-800-325-0063 or 606-528-4121 for information.

And last but not least, Twin Falls Resort State Park in Mullens, W.Va., will host an egg hunt Easter egg hunt on Saturday with three categories (call for participation ages and starting times). Make sure to bring your Easter basket and good running shoes. A $1 fee is requested. Call Twin Falls at 304-294-4000 for additional information.

Trains and eggs

Over in Elkins, the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad is firing up The Cottontail Express on March 30.

Bring the kids dressed in their Easter best to meet Peter Cottontail on the train. This 11/2 hour round trip down the rails will include face painting, singing and general merriment.

Departure times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ticket prices (train ride only): adults (age 12 and older) - $35, children (age 4 to 11) - $30, and children (under age 4) - free. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Visit www.mountainrailwv.com or call 877-686-7245 for additional information or reservations.

Lakes and eggs

Take a ride down the Country Music Highway to Prestonsburg, Ky., where you can enjoy hiking around the mountain-rimmed Dewey Lake and some egg hunting to boot at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.

The campground will host a 3,000-egg hunt at 2 p.m. March 30. Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny before he hops out of the park. Three age groups (0-4, 5-8, and 9-12); parents or guardians must accompany children. The event is free. Call 1-800-325-0142.

Books and eggs

Get a head start on egg decorating at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Barboursville Branch Library, 728 Main St., Barboursville.

Bring six hard-boiled eggs to color and decorate and there will be other crafts and coloring pages as well.

Call 304-736-4621 for more info.

Fort and eggs

Get an authentic splash of pioneer history along the Kentucky River by heading west where two Kentucky State Parks, Old Fort Harrod and Fort Boonesborough both have egg hunts.

Old Fort Harrod is once again the location of the Kiwanis Club's Annual Easter Egg Hunt at noon Saturday, March 30. All children under 12 are invited to come and take part. Search for candy in the grass, compete in the games and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Call 859-734-3314.

And in Richmond, Fort Boonesborough State Park, is planning its "Eggs-citing" Easter Weekend, March 28-31 that will include: Bingo, Easter crafts, an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny, free mini-golf, tours, a camper decoration contest and more. Free continental breakfast for campers on Sunday. These activities are for registered campers only. For information, call 859-527-3131, extension 234.



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